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Round Totals:

1st Round: 41/155 points

2nd Round: 20/155 points

Total Points?:

61 points out of 1085 overall


T218 out of 423 mocks (49% Overall)

CoachEsser's 2018 NHL Mock Draft Picks - Last updated: 04-22-2018

Rnd. ▴ Pick   Team Player Pos. School
1 1Buffalo BuffaloRasmus Dahlin D Frölunda HC
CoachEsser's comments: Elite 1st Pair Defensman. Skating, Puck-Handling, Vision and Hockey IQ at the highest level.
1 2Carolina CarolinaAndrei Svechnikov RW Barrie
CoachEsser's comments: One of the best skaters in the draft. Power forward with great hands and can make plays for teammates.
1 3Montreal MontrealFilip Zadina RW Halifax
CoachEsser's comments: Sniper-Extraordinaire. Finds the open spots on the ice and is able to get his shot off from various angles. Elite Scorer.
1 4Ottawa OttawaBrady Tkachuk LW Boston University
CoachEsser's comments: Watching Landeskog in the playoffs for the Avalanche has me thinking that Tkachuk is the player I want after the top 3. He has skill, grit and size. Nothing to hate, just not elite upside that some may want to see here.
1 5Arizona ArizonaOliver Wahlstrom LW Shattuck-St. Marys School
CoachEsser's comments: Sniper who is going to score at the next level. Excellent passer. Not an elite skater, but not as bad as some seem to think.
1 6Detroit DetroitAdam Boqvist D Brynäs IF
CoachEsser's comments: Boqvist is elite in a lot of categories. Skating, passing, shooting and vision. The only knock is his ability on Defense. He will have to develop for a little longer than some D Men picked behind him, but he has the most upside.
1 7Vancouver VancouverQuinton Hughes D Michigan
CoachEsser's comments: Elite skater and puck possession Defenseman. One man break out and in. Needs work on his slap shot and defensively.
1 8Chicago ChicagoNoah Dobson D Acadie-Bathurst
CoachEsser's comments: I like Dobson's upside over the production of Bouchard. Dobson is a much better skater and showed a ton of growth offensively this year. Big shot and defensive skills.
1 9NY Rangers NY RangersEvan Bouchard D London
CoachEsser's comments: Bouchard carried a young London team this year and did it while putting up next level stats. Great shot, especially off of the pass. Defense and skating will need to improve to have 1st pair upside.
1 10Edmonton EdmontonJoe Veleno C Drummondville
CoachEsser's comments: Veleno improved exponentially after a midseason trade. He is the best 2 way center in the draft. He is an excellent skater and distributor on the power play. defensively very strong and relentless on the forecheck. Shot needs work.
1 11NY Islanders NY IslandersTy Smith D Spokane
CoachEsser's comments: A former 1st overall pick in the WHL has been a captain of the U18 Canadian team. PP QB and excellent offensive defenseman.
1 12NY Islanders NY IslandersJoel Farabee LW USNTDP
CoachEsser's comments: Farabee is an excellent two-way winger. His ability to forecheck and set up his teammates is second to none among wingers in the this draft. Needs to get stronger.
1 13Dallas DallasJesperi Kotkaniemi C Assat Pori
CoachEsser's comments: A ton of offensive skill. Good shot and hands. Needs to work on his skating.
1 14Philadelphia PhiladelphiaBode Wilde D US-Under-18
CoachEsser's comments: Excellent skater with a big shot. Hockey IQ can be better. Needs to be more consistent.
1 15Florida FloridaVitali Kravtsov RW Belye Medvedi Polar Bears
CoachEsser's comments: Kravstov had a huge KHL playoffs to boost his draft status. The Russian Factor may see him dip, but this is where I feel he should go.
1 16Colorado ColoradoRasmus Kupari C Karpat Oulu
CoachEsser's comments: Kupari is an excellent skater and puck handler. Good wrist shot as well. Needs to better defensively and be more consistent.
1 17New Jersey New JerseyIsac Lundeström C Luleå HF
CoachEsser's comments: I really like the two-way game of this Swede. Good skater. Great in puck possession and has nice hands. goes to the dirty places as well.
1 18Columbus ColumbusBarrett Hayton C Sault Ste. Marie
CoachEsser's comments: Good two-way center on a very good Junior Team. I think his spot in the pecking order kept his stats down a bit. Love what he does along the boards and his puck skills.
1 19Philadelphia PhiladelphiaGrigori Denisenko LW Yaroslavl
CoachEsser's comments: Elite puck handler. Not enough production and plays with an edge. Perfect for Philly.
1 20Los Angeles Los AngelesAkil Thomas C Niagara
CoachEsser's comments: Thomas does everything well. very good puck handler and passer. Underrated shot. I think he's a value any where after 15.
1 21San Jose San JoseSerron Noel RW Oshawa
CoachEsser's comments: Noel is a huge winger that is going to make your bottom 6 very hard to play against. showed growth this year with his hands and shot.
1 22Ottawa OttawaRyan Merkley D Guelph
CoachEsser's comments: Ottowa can take a gamble on the second best D-Man at creating scoring opportunities in this draft. I really hope he can capitalize on his potential because his passes are magical.
1 23Anaheim AnaheimRasmus Sandin D Sault Ste. Marie
CoachEsser's comments: Anaheim are great at identifying defenseman. I doubt they let this solid two-way defenseman pass them by.
1 24Minnesota MinnesotaRyan McLeod C Mississauga
CoachEsser's comments: Big smooth skating Center. I would have liked to see more production, but he would help Minnesota get deeper with speed.
1 25Toronto TorontoJared McIssac D Halifax
CoachEsser's comments: Toronto needs a defensive defensman that can get the puck to their skilled forwards. McIssac hasn't developed offensively like I had hoped, but he is solid defensively and can hit and make the 1st pass.
1 26NY Rangers NY RangersK'Andre Miller D USNTDP
CoachEsser's comments: Miller is a converted forward who has grown by leaps and bounds the last year. Excellent skater with emerging Shot from the point. He will need time to develop at Wisconsin.
1 27Chicago ChicagoJett Woo D Moose Jaw
CoachEsser's comments: St. Louis will probably look to gamble for more upside witht his pick, but Woo would help them become more physical.
1 28NY Rangers NY RangersAlexander Alexeyev D Red Deer
CoachEsser's comments: Alexeyev probably would have been a top 15 pick if injuries didn't hold him back the last few years.
1 29St. Louis St. LouisJacob Olofsson C Timrå IK
CoachEsser's comments: Good shot and excellent hockey sense. Love what he does in front of the net and coming off the boards.
1 30Detroit DetroitMartin Kaut RW Pardubice
CoachEsser's comments: Kaut's stock has risen of late. The Rangers need halp on the wings and they would love to pair Kaut with his countryman Chytil.
1 31Washington WashingtonJonathan Tychonick D Penticton
CoachEsser's comments: Tychonick has a lot of skill. Great upside late in the 1st.
2 32Buffalo BuffaloDominik Bokk RW Växjö
CoachEsser's comments: Bokk has all the skill of a 1st round pick, but I think he may slip a bit with al of the interesting Dmen available this year.
2 33Detroit DetroitJonatan Berggren  C Skelleftea
CoachEsser's comments: underrated PLAYER. He skates like a fire is lit behind him. Excellent hands and shot. Really like this player and can see him in the 1st round.
2 34Florida FloridaNils Lundkvist D Luleå HF
CoachEsser's comments: Highly skilled defenseman.
2 35Montreal MontrealTy Dellandrea C Flint
CoachEsser's comments: Dellandrea is one of my favorite player available after the top 20 or so. He will be a great pro who can do a little bit of everything in all situations.
2 36Detroit DetroitNicolas Beaudin D Drummondville
CoachEsser's comments: Offensive Defenseman who can help the powerplay and in transition.
2 37Vancouver VancouverCalen Addison D Lethbridge
CoachEsser's comments: right handed shot with and excellent wrist shot and passing skills.
2 38Montreal MontrealMattias Samuelsson D Norwood High School
CoachEsser's comments: Big smothering defenseman finally goes.
2 39NY Rangers NY RangersFilip Hållander RW Timrå IK
CoachEsser's comments: Injury late in the process moves him towards the top of the 2nd from being late 1st consideration. Excellent season with Timra.
2 40Edmonton EdmontonBlake McLaughlin LW Grand Rapids Junior Academy
CoachEsser's comments: Speed, puck skills and excellent shot.
2 41NY Islanders NY IslandersAdam Ginning D Linköpings HC
CoachEsser's comments: Big defenseman that did not show enough this season.
2 42Carolina CarolinaJesse Ylönen RW Espoo Blues
CoachEsser's comments: Talented winger who needs to get a bit bigger.
2 43NY Islanders NY IslandersDavid Gustafsson C HV71
CoachEsser's comments: Big Center who plays a relentless game. I think he will be an excellent 3C in the NHL.
2 44Dallas DallasJakub Lauko LW Chomutov
CoachEsser's comments: Quick, tough to play against winger.
2 45St. Louis St. LouisKevin Bahl D Ottawa 67's
CoachEsser's comments: Big defenseman that plays better in bigger competitions.
2 46Washington WashingtonIvan D Morozov C Mamonty Yugry
CoachEsser's comments: Excellent 2-Way Center with a great shot on the PP.
2 47Colorado ColoradoAllan McShane C Oshawa
CoachEsser's comments: Puck Distributing Center.
2 48NY Rangers NY RangersJack McBain C Toronto Jr.
CoachEsser's comments: Big Center with every toll you want except consistency. He's a value outside of the top 30.
2 49Columbus ColumbusJake Wise C Central Catholic High School
CoachEsser's comments: Wise is an excellent playmaker. Great vision and better skater and shot then has been reported.
2 50Philadelphia PhiladelphiaKirill Marchenko  LW Mamonty Yugry
CoachEsser's comments: Big, fast winger brings skill as well.
2 51Los Angeles Los AngelesSampo Ranta LW Salzburg
CoachEsser's comments: Fast skating big winger with a nice shot. Needs to develop his hockey IQ and will in college.
2 52Toronto TorontoAlexander Romanov D CSKA-Krasnaja Armija Moskva
CoachEsser's comments: Toronto needs D Men.
2 53Pittsburgh PittsburghJakub Skarek G HC Jihlava
CoachEsser's comments: With them selling off picks and prospects to go for 3 in a row they may swing for a skater, but Skarek would be a nice pick here.
2 54Anaheim AnaheimCole Fonstad C Prince Albert
CoachEsser's comments: Really like Fonstad, but this may be a bit early.
2 55Arizona ArizonaAidan Dudas C Owen Sound
CoachEsser's comments: Dudas plays bigger than his frame. Very good hands and is relentless.
2 56Montreal MontrealPhilipp Kurashev C Quebec
CoachEsser's comments: Does everything well. Good shot and can play in front of the net as well.
2 57Boston BostonJay O'Brien C Youngstown
CoachEsser's comments: I think O'Brien has a ton of upside and his age and upside could help the Bruins extend their group of talented prospects.
2 58Colorado ColoradoNiklas Nordgren RW HIFK Helsinki
CoachEsser's comments: Winnipeg has had some great luck with Finns and Nordgren has excellent hands and scoring touch.
2 59Tampa Bay Tampa BayAlexander Khovanov C Moncton
CoachEsser's comments: Unfortunately contracted Hep C on vacation which derailed his season and kept him from post season international duty. Someone will get a steal of a playmaker in the 2nd.
2 60Winnipeg WinnipegLiam Foudy LW London
CoachEsser's comments: Foudy is FAST and has a great shot. I'm excited to see him further develop at London next season.
2 61Las Vegas Las VegasMilos Roman LW Vancouver
CoachEsser's comments: Injuries kept Roman from trying to sneak into the bottom of the 1st round.
2 62Montreal MontrealOlivier Rodrigue  G Drummondville
CoachEsser's comments: Next best Goalie goes to a team full of skating prospects.